We have Saddam now, but at a big cost

By Steve Chapman Saddam Hussein was trapped in a tight, unpleasant space — angry but impotent, armed but no longer dangerous. Though he might have been dreaming of triumphs, he was powerless to realize them. Then the United States invaded Iraq. It’s easy to forget that we had Hussein pretty well confined long before he […]

Pettus, James

James Pettus Services: Have been held. Mr. James Pettus, 61, of Portales, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born Oct. 16, 1942, at Owensboro, Ky., to Rose and Ed Pettus. When he was 13 the family moved to Carlsbad where they lived about two years until moving to […]

Prohibition failed; U.S. war on drugs on similar track

Freedom Newspapers Only America’s oldest citizens remember one of our nation’s great follies, alcohol Prohibition, which ended 70 years ago this month. The Noble Experiment, as it was called, was supposed to produce an increase in virtue and productivity as people shunned Demon Rum for work. It didn’t work out that way. Instead, as reflected […]

Udall wows ‘em at Mesa

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U.S. Rep. Tom Udall congratulates the students at Mesa Elementary Tuesday for receiving a blue ribbon award for physical fitness five years in a row. CNJ photo: Loretta Kos By Darrell Todd Maurina “Cool, awesome, and neat. … It shows we are having fun and making a difference.” The three words summed up the reaction […]

Local Marine saw gratitude in Iraq

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Marine Staff Sgt. Larry Long kneels beside a young Iraqi boy, Ali Abass, who enjoyed watching his Marine platoon doing vehicle check points. Courtesy photo. By Darrell Todd Maurina For Clovis native Larry Long, the order to deploy for Operation Iraqi Freedom was a first in his career as a Marine. After spending 11 years […]

ENMU sets modest goals for conference cross country meet

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University second-year cross country coach Greg LaSage knows that the Abilene Christians of the world are out of range in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference cross country meet, set for Portales Country Club. What he’s looking for is improvement over last year, when the Greyhounds finished eighth out of […]

FDA regulations are restricting women’s choices

Freedom Newspapers T he recommendation from a scientific adviso ry panel that the Food and Drug Administration allow silicone breast implants back on the market 11 years after the FDA banned them in 1992 highlights several extremely odd aspects of the way we have come to make medical decisions in this country. Unfortunately, scientific evidence […]

Religion Roundup 10/17

Church of Christ hosts popular evangelical speakers on Sunday Evangelists Max Craddock and Mike Tackett will speak on the keys to living in the Kingdom of God this Sunday through Wednesday at 16th and Pile Church of Christ. Craddock and Tackett are speakers for the Christian television and radio program, “Key to the Kingdom,” taped […]

Cash remembered

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants for memories of music legend Johnny Cash, who died Sept. 12. Some responses: “This has not been a good year for American heroes. In July we paid our final tributes to Bob Hope, without challenge, the most patriotic entertainer in our country’s long and distinguished history. “Now, […]

Transition to soccer smooth for Roberts

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This is Clovis senior goalkeeper Dewayne Roberts’ first year in net for the wildcats after running cross country last year. Photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler Former cross country runner Dewayne Roberts had plenty of experience in the net before he became the Clovis High boys soccer team goalkeeper this season. Sure, if you […]

Country star returns to area

By Helena Rodriguez About 1,000 people packed the Eastern New Mexico University Ballroom on Thursday night, all eager to hear the Texas phenomenon of the moment, Pat Green — who is making waves on national country music charts — perform a free concert. From die-hard fans to those unfamiliar, but curious about the recently unknown […]

Editorial: Two years after 9/11, American spirit endures

Thursday marked two years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Two years since 19 terrorists commandeered four passenger jets and used them as weapons against innocent men, women and children. The hijackers, members of the al-Qaida terrorist organization, used box cutters to gain control of the aircraft and then used their skills learned […]

ENMU builds cross country program from bottom

CNJ STAFF PORTALES — Greg LaSage took the Eastern New Mexico University cross country job last year knowing he was basically building a program from the bottom up. The Greyhounds and Zias had modest success in 2002 — neither finished last in the Lone Star Conference — but LaSage is determined to see them do […]

Project Reader Reaction — Ten Commandments

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked “What do you think about the Ten Commandments being displayed in government buildings?” Some responses: “My chief concern is that the Ten Commandments be displayed in people’s lives by day-to-day living out of their precepts. That, however, never comes about without continual exposure to lofty standards, of which […]

Salgado to bring different kind of country to fair

By Helena Rodriguez Curry County Fair’s biggest entertainment act this year has sold more than 2 million records, signed a multi-million-dollar contract with Sony Records, and garnered top music awards. Because Michael Salgado is a Tejano music star, however, he’s a recognizable name mostly amongst Spanish music listeners. But even so, fair organizers are still […]

Why isn’t anything done about Africa?

By Walter Williams Anyone who believes President Bush’s Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it’s overly pessimistic, but most of Africa is a continent without much hope for its people. Let’s look at it. According to a July 30 Wall […]

Portales boy coming home from Nashville to headline fair

By Helena Rodriguez From the Floyd Jamboree to Opryland and now back to the Roosevelt County Fair. Portales native turned Nashville performer John W. Hill will headline entertainment at this year’s Roosevelt County Fair. After spending three years playing acoustic guitar with country star Chad Brock in the late 1990s, Hill has been flying solo […]

The return of the country barn dance

By Don McAlavy I received a note from a popular musician living in Lubbock. “We’re coming back home to Clovis after having lived in Lubbock for the last 30 years,” it read. “My brother Coy and his wife Jeanie have bought Glen Shot’s place north of Clovis just outside the city limits . In addition […]

Thanks for all the memories; Hope was a king

He gave us so many memories. From the movie screen to shows for troops far from home, from radio appearances to TV specials, Bob Hope entertained generations of Americans with his self-depreciating jokes and deadpan delivery. Hope, who recently turned 100, died late Sunday of pneumonia at his home in California. More than anything else, […]

Aaron Watson to perform Saturday

Freedom Newspapers When Aaron Watson sings “Shut Up and Dance,” it may not sound very mannerly, but it is being listened to, according to concert promoters. “Shut Up and Dance” is the hit single for the up-and-coming Texas Country singer, who is slated to play Saturday night at Bash Riprock’s, 2419 Main St., in Lubbock. […]